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How far the corrupt have fallen -- and how shamelessly they have dragged their family members down with them. Formerly the head of PMA Group, once the ninth-largest lobbying firm in the country, Paul Magliocchetti is now at the center of a federal grand jury investigation for having quietly swapped defense earmarks for campaign donations and funneled political donations through relatives. Magliocchetti, whose now-defunct firm was raided by the FBI last November, involved nine of his family members and several business associates in an apparent donation scam in which the latter groups, at his request, donated to various Democratic candidates in their own names in exchange for hundreds of millions of dollars in allocations for PMA Group clients. Magliocchetti later reimbursed the individuals, all of whom had finances dependent on or tied directly into his. An analysis by Congressional Quarterly shows that from 2000 to 2008, Magliocchetti's former in-laws, two children, daughter-in-law, current wife, ...
This should come as no surprise considering the source, but MSNBC has once again ignored a wildly insulting Democratic temper tantrum in favor of portraying the Republican establishment as violent. MSNBC went wild Monday, a day after Rep. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) commented before the health care vote that Americans should pray one Democrat would be unable to "make the vote tonight" so the bill would not move to final passage. Shaking his head, the news channel's David Shuster said, "What on Earth was that senator thinking?", and he and a female colleague went on to boldly assert as though it were undisputed fact that Coburn had surely asked the American public to pray for the death or incapacitating, sudden illness of a Democratic member of Congress. Well, obviously. What else could Coburn possibly have meant in the middle of the worst snow storm to hit the northeast since 1880, one that ...
Senator Bob Casey Jr. (D - PA), who came to office as a pro-life Democrat in 2006 under the banner that he would continue his father's fight in pro-life causes has turned out to be pretty disappointing. When asked by the Washington Times on Tuesday what he thought his father, the late Bob Casey Sr., former governor of Pennsylvania from 1987 to 1995, would think of the abortion issue in the health care bill, he answered: "I have no way of knowing. We’re dealing with something here which is unusual and unprecedented. We’ve had year to year appropriation bills where the Hyde amendment was attached to year by year appropriation for health and human services. We’ve never had an exchange before. Never in American history have we had to face… these kinds of questions are complicated." It should be remembered that the Senator's father was the "Casey" in the notable ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Chairman Mao Adorns White House Christmas Tree, Democrats Protect Federal Employees From Health Care Overhaul, and Ammunition Control by the Obama Administration. NewsReal: Chairman Mao Adorns White House Christmas Tree President Obama and our first lady have chosen a lovely ornament featuring China’s mass murderer, Chairman Mao, to adorn our national Christmas tree at the White House. The Conservatives: Democrats Protect Federal Employees From Health Care Overhaul Why is the Senate 'protecting' federal employees by keeping them in their own, separate plan? Isn't the whole point to aggregate as many consumers as possible, to enhance negotiating power and better average risks across a large pool? Further, why force OPM to operate two separate, but equal plans - wouldn't it be simpler and less costly to merge the plans?. Human Events: Ammunition Control by the Obama Administration In other words, the ...
It pays, quite literally, to be a buddy of Barry's. A recent audit found the D.C. councilman and other elected officials in the District spent fiscal 2009 doling out more than 150 earmarks, worth nearly $48 million, to organizations with such illustrious credentials as owing back taxes and not being registered to do business in Washington. Many of the groups spent the ill-gotten funds on internal salaries, other overhead and various "fringe benefits" for employees. The investigation, undertaken by auditor Deborah Nichols, was spurred by the discovery earlier this year that Councilman Barry, D-Ward 8, had been shifting money in the direction of women with whom he was "romantically involved," according to The Examiner. This comes less than six months after D.C. Councilman David A. Catania (I-At large) called for an investigation into Barry's creative management of public funds. In June 2008, the convicted felon and four-term mayor apparently earmarked $1 million for ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Cheney named Conservative of the Year, Fort Hood Terrorist Claims His Rights Being Violated, and Sorry, Vegans: Brussels Sprouts Like to Live, Too. CNN: Cheney named Conservative of the Year He may have exited the national stage nearly one year ago, but former Vice President Dick Cheney has been named "Conservative of the Year" by the conservative Human Events magazine. Yid With Lid: Fort Hood Terrorist Claims His Rights Being Violated Hasan who is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of being shot by police trying to prevent any further victims, is whining that the military court are are not allowing him to speak to others in Arabic, only in his native language, English. NY Times: Sorry, Vegans: Brussels Sprouts Like to Live, Too Just because we humans can’t hear them doesn’t mean plants don’t howl. Some of ...
"They are desperate to break this president. They have ardent supporters who are nearly hysterical at the very election of President Barack Obama. The birthers, the fanatics, the people running around in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups, it is unbearable to them that President Barack Obama should exist. That is one powerful reason. It is not the only one." - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D - R.I.) 12/20/09 floor remarks “Let's Look At What Current Observers Are Saying As A Possible Early Indicator Of The Judgment History Will Inflict. Recently, The Editor Of The Manchester Journal Inquirer Editorial Page Wrote Of The Current G.O.P. Which He Called ‘This Once Great And Now Mostly Shameful Party,’ That ‘It Has Gone Crazy, Is More And More Dominated By The Lunatic Fringe And Has Poisoned Itself With Hate.’ He Concluded, ‘They No Longer Want To Govern. They Want To Emote.’ A Well Regarded Philadelphia Columnist Recently Wrote ...
Here's a good use of New York taxpayer dollars: salaries for EMTs who only save lives when they aren't eating. While lunching at a Brooklyn, NY, Au Bon Pain Dec. 9, two of New York City's finest were asked for medical asistance for pregnant cafe worker Eutisha Revee Rennix, 25, who was complaining of stomach pains and shortness of breath. Did they drop their baguettes and rush to the woman's aid? Nope. Just as helpfully, the two medics advised the other Au Bon Pain employees to call 911 because they were not on the clock and thus couldn't help. "I remember them saying they couldn't do anything because they were on their break," a witness said, according to globalgrind.com. Accordng to a union representative, there is no such thing as a responsibility-free break during which citizens are either not allowed to need medical aid or EMTs are not required to aid them. Medics ...
*Updated with more transcript - 1/27/10 Democrats voted early this morning in the Senate on the initial series of cloture votes with the goal of passing the Senate's health care bill by Christmas. Following the 1:30 A.M. vote, Sen. Ben Nelson (D - NE) emerged from the floor and spoke to reporters about the bill as well as the controversy surrounding the deal Senator Nelson acquired for Nebraska for full federal funding of Medicaid in perpetuity. The Washington Times asked the Senator if he thought the other states should get the same Medicaid deal that Nebraska received. "Of course. As a matter of fact, I said it needs to be fixed. They chose to fix it this way," he said. "I expect because of the length of time, before that ever becomes effective, that the other states will be asking either for full support like Nebraska has achieved right now ...
Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Climate Alarmist Blames This Weekend's Blizzard On Global Warming, Film Review - Avatar, and Citadel Broadcasting Files For Chapter 11. Newsbusters: Climate Alarmist Blames This Weekend's Blizzard On Global Warming Climate Progress's Joe Romm says this weekend's blizzard that rocked the Eastern seaboard was caused by global warming. Hot Air: Film Review - Avatar The buzz on the film Avatar was that it would “change the way films are made,” and that it would be as transformative an experience as the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Perhaps that advance promotion was unfortunate, because James Cameron has made an entertaining popcorn movie that moves quickly and creates a beautiful vision of a forest world with its stunning CGI. Pajamas Media: Citadel Broadcasting Files For Chapter 11, AP Buries The Lede Under [CEO Farid Suleman's] rule, the company’s left-wing political bias became so ...
Republican Senators hammered away tonight at the huge Medicaid deal for Nebraska that is seen as a trade off for Sen. Ben Nelson's (D - NE) vote for the Senate health care bill. With the addition of Mr. Nelson, the Democrats now have 60 votes to break a GOP filibuster on the Senate floor, end debate through cloture, and vote on the health care bill. On the floor of the Senate, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R - S.C.) railed on the "back room" deal done by Democrats to attain Nelson's golden vote. "It's sleazy, in my view," he said. Sen. Tom Coburn (R - OK) said in a press conference this afternoon, " I think you have a half nelson a three-quarter nelson and a full nelson going on here." This evening, Sen. Charles Grassley (R - IA) took it one step further and put forth a parliamentary inquiry to the ...
****Updated with video link and more transcript Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) today took shots at those who are not supporting the health care legislation. During a floor speech, he excoriated Senate GOP members for holding up the pending health care bill and accused their supporters of being birthers and fanatics in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups. He started off by citing an editorial from the Manchester Journal Inquirer, which used the insult "lunatic fringe.": (WATCH THE VIDEO HERE about 116:06 in. 2:55pm EST) “Let's Look At What Current Observers Are Saying As A Possible Early Indicator Of The Judgment History Will Inflict. Recently, The Editor Of The Manchester Journal Inquirer Editorial Page Wrote Of The Current G.O.P. Which He Called ‘This Once Great And Now Mostly Shameful Party,’ That ‘It Has Gone Crazy, Is More And More Dominated By The Lunatic Fringe And Has Poisoned Itself With Hate.’ He Concluded, ‘They No ...
*Updated with bolding of transcript and additional press conference information The Washington Times reported last night Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE.) had told reporters no deal was agreed to after he emerged from a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and other Democratic leaders. He went on to say health care talks were ongoing. What he failed to mention, through all of his rhetoric about his concern for pro-life language in the bill, was the huge Medicaid pay off to Nebraska being slipped into the health care bill. Essentially, the federal government will pay for Nebraska's new Medicaid recipients. The provision is worth about $45 million for the first ten years.In fact, Nebraska will be entitled to 100 percent federal help from Medicaid forever. "We have an agreement that the plan will not use federal dollars to fund abortions," said Senator Nelson. "I believe we have accomplished that goal. It's clear ...
Last October 27 we wrote: We look forward to headlines about record cold temperatures during the December climate summit, and to hearing desperate speeches about stopping irresistible global warming during the signing ceremony, held during a blizzard. It's easy to make predictions like this if you start with the premise that God has an amazing sense of humor and will periodically use it to illustrate human folly. Plus we based it on the well documented Gore Effect, the observed correlation between global warming activism and severely cold weather. Check it out, it is based on as sound scientific reasoning as the global warming theology.
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) emerged from evening talks with Democratic leaders over his reservations on the health care bill still pending in the Senate. "There isn't a deal. The discussions continue. This isn't quite an offer or acceptance situation. This is a discussion that is ongoing with a variety of different points to be made," said the Senator from Nebraska."Some of them are about abortion, some of them are about adoption, some of them are about conscience clause. So there is quite a bit of complexity." Mr. Nelson has taken issue with the health care bill's language on federally funded abortions. The Senator wants tighter restrictions on insurance coverage for abortions. He described some of the ideas being worked on saying, "There are revised concepts, rather than provisions. They are the kind of concepts that would exclude any kind of federal funds directly or indirectly being used to fund elective abortions." ...
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